No ad­di­tion to morn­ing DART trains


Bray People - - News - Paula BURNS

GREY­STONES RAIL com­muters will con­tinue to be left out on the cold plat­form as the 2009 timetable doesn’t in­clude any new morn­ing rush hour DARTs.

The lack of DARTs leav­ing Grey­stones Sta­tion in the morn­ing time is a grow­ing con­cern for the hun­dreds of com­muters us­ing the line each and ev­ery week day.

How­ever Ir­ish Rail have said all Grey­stones com­muters get that al­limpor­tant seat on the morn­ing train.

‘Due to the eco­nomic cli­mate there will be no short-term ex­pan­sion to the Grey­stones morn­ing DART ser­vice. We are cur­rently able to cater for the de­mand,’ ex­plained Barry Kenny a spokesper­son for Iarn­ród Éire­ann, ‘Once the econ­omy gets bet­ter we will be looking at long-term ex­pan­sion of routes but not at the mo­ment.

The new 2009 timetable which start- ed on De­cem­ber 14 con­tains only one ex­tra train to Grey­stones.

The 20.34 p.m. diesel is the added train ser­vice.

‘I am dis­ap­pointed with the new timetable. I have been press­ing Ir­ish Rail to put on ex­tra DART ser­vices es­pe­cially to fill the gap from 8.30a.m. to 9.30a.m. when many peo­ple want to use it.

‘A rail­car arriving from Dublin ter­mi­nates in Bray but could be sent down the line in time to form a 9.00a.m. ser­vice from Grey­stones,’ said Cathaoir­leach for Wick­low County Coun­cil and Grey­stones Town Coun­cil­lor Derek Mitchell.

Coun­cil­lor Mitchell spent 22 years cam­paign­ing to get the DART to Grey­stones and he says he in­tends to keep lob­by­ing to im­prove the ser­vice.

‘Grey­stones has a third of the num­ber of trains that Bray has and this needs to be im­proved,’ said Cllr. Mitchell.

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